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  • Tell me what languages you know and I’ll tell you how you read Español

    SINC | May 08 2017 09:30

    The languages we speak influence several factors that we rely on for our ability to read, such as visual attention and phonological processes. So concludes a new study carried out at the BCBL research centre in the Basque country. The findings could have implications in teaching and in the diagnosis of dyslexia and other reading problems. 

  • A material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment Español

    Ana Hernando | April 26 2017 08:00

    The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.

  • Tarantulas use their lateral eyes to calculate distance Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | April 18 2017 09:37

    A necessary part of any animal’s sense of direction is a positioning system, allowing it to have an idea of the relation between where it is and where it wants to go; this is known as odometry. A study from the Autonomous University of Madrid shows that tarantulas use their posterior lateral eyes and anterior lateral eyes (they have a total of four pairs of eyes) to establish the distance they...

  • Study on mice demonstrates the action of strawberries against breast cancer Español

    SINC | April 17 2017 08:14

    A study by European and Latin American researchers has shown that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumours. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing can not be extrapolated to humans.

  • Are your muscles genetically prepared to run a marathon? Español

    Verónica Fuentes | April 05 2017 10:11

    For a few years, running has been fashionable. But there is a great difference between the physical demands of running a few kilometres and doing a marathon. Now Spanish researchers have concluded that genetics plays an essential role in success when completing this long distance.

  • The last ‘caimans’ living in Spain Español

    Adeline Marcos | March 28 2017 10:30

    Sixteen million years ago, the reptile Diplocynodon ratelii lived in wooded ecosystems among the lakes and pools of what we know today as Catalonia (Spain). Fossils found at the Els Casots site in the Vallès-Penedès Basin confirm not only that these are the most recent remains of the genus in the Iberian Peninsula, but also that temperatures at the time were higher than today’s.

  • New smart system to reduce queues at roundabouts Español

    SINC | March 27 2017 08:58

    Long queues at certain approaches to some roundabouts could be reduced using magnetic detection devices under the road surface, which would activate a traffic metering signal at another, less congested approach. Researchers at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) have released a guide for technicians to implement this intelligent traffic system, already used on roundabouts in Austral...

  • Wall lizard becomes accustomed to humans and stops hiding Español

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | March 22 2017 09:00

    Habituating to predators or fleeing and hiding are tactics that vary between species. Scientists from two research centres in Italy and Spain have observed that adult male common wall lizards sharing their living spaces with humans become accustomed to them and hide less when humans approach them. Yellow lizards were the most “daring”. 

  • An algorithm that knows when you’ll get bored with your favourite mobile game Español

    Ana Hernando | March 21 2017 08:00

    Researchers from the Tokyo-based company Silicon Studio, led by Spanish data scientist África Periáñez, have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.

  • "We print Lego-stack devices with graphene and other 2D materials inks" Español

    Enrique Sacristán | March 13 2017 09:00

    Professor Cinzia Casiraghi leads a laboratory specializing in graphene and other 2-Dimensional materials at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), with which they manufacture photodetectors and electronic memories by means of ink-jet printing. Getting up to this point has not been an easy task for this Italian engineer, as she explained during the meeting Women in Graphene held recently...